Oil Monitoring Articles

  • Detection of abnormal wear particles in hydraulic fluids via electromagnetic sensor and particle imaging technologies

    Abstract Particle imaging, electromagnetic, ferrographic, and spectroscopic methods were used to evaluate hydraulic oil samples collected from machines known to be generating abnormal wear particles. Analytical ferrography confirmed the presence of large reworked ferrous particles and small rubbing wear particles in the oil samples. ICP emission spectroscopy was limited in its ability ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Portable oil analysis tools reduce routine maintenance costs

    What do a power plant, a hospital, a police station, and a remote mine have in common? They all have essential assets requiring uninterruptible power, commonly powered by an engine generator as primary or backup power. Engine generators, often termed "gensets," combine an electrical generator and an engine. They supply electrical power where normal utility power is not readily available or is ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • LNF particle count – How low can you go?

    Contamination control is an important aspect of oil condition monitoring for fluid power applications, and it’s important to be able to reliably report clean oil cleanliness levels - especially for larger particles. Large abrasive contamination will naturally occur in fewer quantities than the smaller particles in any ingress contamination distribution. At very low cleanliness levels (ISO ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Reducing routine maintenance costs of engine generator sets with new portable oil analysis tools

    What do a hospital, a treatment plant, a police station and a remote mine have in common? They have essential assets requiring uninterruptible power, commonly powered by an engine generator as primary or back up power. Engine generators, often termed “gen sets,” combine an electrical generator and an engine. They supply electrical power where normal utility power is not readily ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Military Sealift Command—Saving Time on Oil AnalysisMilitary sealift command—Saving time on oil analysis

    Military Sealift Command (MSC) has responsibility for up to 120 active and reserve civiliancrewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, provide service support, conduct special missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military equipment and supplies to deployed U.S. forces. In addition to the command’s active ships, MSC gains operational ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • When should you change oil?

    Fleets analyzing oil samples can determine if their maintenance cycles are done at the right time and also identify maintenance issues before they become bigger problems. If the oil is good, why would you change it?” Gary Lentsch, CAFM, fleet manager for Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), asked himself. And more importantly, how much was it costing him to change oil when it ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Regional construction firm keeps its fleet running using on-site oil analysis - Case Study

    New England Utility Constructors, Inc. (NEUCO), a Centuri Company, specializes in turnkey construction services for pipeline and natural gas and electric distribution for critical energy needs in the New England area. The efficient operation of the company’s equipment is crucial to completing construction jobs on time and meeting the energy demands of its customers. Neuco’s ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil flow rate monitoring in Carpet ovens - Case study

    A manufacturer of flooring systems is using the IC-LPM inline paddlewheel meter to monitor the flow of oil through chilled textile rollers in it carpet substrate ovens. Forbo is an internationally recognised manufacturer of vinyl, linoleum and carpet floor coverings. More Information In its carpet substrate ovens, Forbo uses chilled textile rollers, cooled by oil flow, to prevent the ...


    By iCenta Controls Ltd

  • Cutters cut costs with oil analysis - Case Study

    Oil analysis plays a critical role in the mission readiness of the United States Coast Guard’s fast response cutters and national security cutters by alerting engineers to problems that have the potential to damage vital equipment and help them efficiently deploy resources for critical maintenance activities. The traditional approach to oil analysis is to ship samples to a central ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Cannabis Oil Analysis using FTIR | Spectroscopy Solutions

    A range of  cannabis derivatives are commercially available for purchase across the world's markets. Country-to-country, the legality of these products differs. In Europe, products that contain higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) than 0.2% are generally prohibited. That said, CBD (cannabidiol) isn't restricted and is actually advertised as offering pharmaceutical ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Ask the Expert: Oil Analysis in Power Generation

    Uptime is one of the key considerations for all power generators. Electricity supply must equal demand at all times. Downtime, especially unplanned downtime, is very difficult to deal with and can be quite costly. Fortunately condition based monitoring can go a long way towards preventing unscheduled downtime and achieving ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Large City Fleet Saves $2M Using Oil Analysis to Extend Oil Drain Intervals - Case study

    Condition-based maintenance saves time and money and increases productivity A large municipality in the northwestern United States operates over 1.700 vehicles and over 3.000 pieces of motorized equipment ranging from riding lawn mowers to bulldozers Oil changes constitute a major expense. For example, the 500 heavy duty trucks in its fleet previously had their oil changed every 2,500 ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Analyzing Lubricant and Machinery Condition Using Q5800 Portable Oil Analysis Lab - Case study

    Overview The United States Marine Corps (USMCJ maintains a fleet of thousands of mechanized vehicles consisting of heavy equipment ranging from bulldozers to transport vehicles and armored vehicles. A decade ago, they participated in an oil analysis program as a means to determine lubricant and machinery condition with emphasis on reducing operating costs and improved equipment readiness. ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • In-House Oil Analysis Lab Saves Gold Mine Millions in Downtime, Repair and Replacement Costs

    A low-grade surface mining operation depends upon huge and expensive equipment such as Hitachi 5500 shovels and Caterpillar 793 haul trucks. Oil analysis is essential to identify problems so they can be corrected before they cause equipment to go down for major repairs. In the past, a multinational mining firm sent samples to an outside lab for analysis but the cost of this approach limited the ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil Analysis for Hydraulic Systems

    Hydraulic systems are used in industrial, mobile and aviation applications to transmit power to operate equipment. They are incredibly efficient, compact, and lightweight relative to a mechanical equivalent. Hydraulic fluids transmit force in the system, and as such are carefully chosen by the system maker. Chemical stability, high flash and fire points, viscosity, and oxidation resistance are ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • A quick guide to oil analysis for engine test applications

    Reliability testing is a very important component of new engine development. Engineers need to fully understand and chart the engine lifetime performance under a variety of conditions before mass production may be considered. Many important performance data parameters are collected in real time through the many different types of sensors that are connected to the engine in the test cell and oil ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Ferrous Wear Metal Measurement Made Easy with the FerroCheck

    Historically, one of the most cost-effective indicators of machinery health has been the analysis of ferrous debris in oil. Such analysis utilizes the ferromagnetic properties of generated debris to perform the analysis. Since nearly all wear debris contains ferrous material (in particular iron), an abnormal increase in the amount of debris can be directly correlated to abnormal machinery ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil analysis - House Calls - Help reduce offshore equipment failures - Case Study

    A new approach It is hard to think of another environment where an equipment failure could have a greater negative impact on employee safety and lost production than an offshore oil and gas production platform. Yet offshore platforms are among the world’s most difficult locations to operate and maintain equipment. In most cases, skilled people and supplies can only reach the ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Kitsap transit avoids two engine failures in three months with on-site oil analysis - Case Study

    Kitsap Transit is a public transportation agency, based in Bremerton, Washington and serving the county of Kitsap, which operates routed bus service, foot ferry service and service for elderly and disabled passengers. The agency has long been concerned with preventing engine failures and optimizing maintenance schedules for its fleet of approximately 362 pieces of equipment including transit ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Oil Sampling Best Practices (Part 2)

    Understanding Dynamic Particle Equilibrium in Closed Loop Systems Dynamic Equilibrium Condition (DEC) is defined as a steady state condition where the normal wear rate in a machine results in no net gain or loss of particles. ...


    By Spectro Scientific

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